The Rio Hondo Golf Course opened in 1924. The course was designed by John Duncan Dunn. In 1994, the city invested over $5 million dollars to completely renovate the course's design. This project was led by architect Gerald W. Pirkl.
The ennovation changed a once flat course to one that now has large mounds and moguls coming into play on every hole. Lakes have been added to the design and come into play on seven holes. The narrow fairways are lined by large mature pine trees and bordered by a standard cut of rough. The course has large, slightly undulating greens that are soft enough to hold your shots.
Par for the course is 71. From the back tees the course plays to 6,360 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5,103 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 4, a par-5 that plays to 535 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 17, a par-3 that plays to 154 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 4, the 535 yard par-5 challenge is the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 17, the 154 yard par-3.
Each nine at Rio Hondo Golf Course has an outstanding finishinghole. #9, a 416-yard, par 4, requires a tee shot to a small landing area guarded by a lake on the left and huge mounds on the right, then an approach shot to a green that is protected by several large white-sand bunkers.#18, a 424-yard, par 4, requires a long tee shot, then an approach shot to a green that has a large tree blocking approach shots from the left and out-of-bounds stakes on the right.